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Spurs: Where’s Nabil Bentaleb now?

Having come through the youth teams at Tottenham, Nabil Bentaleb really broke into the first-team set-up in north London under the management of Tim Sherwood.

The Algerian featured 29 times under the former Spurs boss, scoring four goals and providing a further three assists too. It was no surprise that Sherwood waxed lyrical about the midfielder’s abilities when he made his early breakthrough.

Speaking back in 2014, he said: “I think he’s been great. I know Bentaleb, I know what he possesses. He trains like every day is the last day in the world and that’s a great trait to have for a young kid. when he came on against Southampton, I was sure about him but you never know until you put them on the stage.

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“It shows that he’s unfazed and, for me, his performances are growing from week to week. He’s performing very, very well.”

But following Sherwood’s exit, things took a downturn for Bentaleb’s Spurs career.

The midfielder scored just once in the 46 games that he played for Sherwood’s Spurs successor, Mauricio Pochettino, and evidently the Argentine wasn’t a big fan of his talents as he shipped him out on loan to Bundesliga side Schalke for the 2016/2017 season.

After enjoying a largely impressive debut campaign – he scored five times and provided four assists in 32 top-flight games – it was unsurprising that Schalke decided to sign him on a permanent basis. But after putting pen to paper on a long-term deal to stay in Germany, Bentaleb really struggled to kick on.

That then prompted a loan switch back to the Premier League to Newcastle, but after failing to make a big enough impression on Tyneside, the Magpies declined to take up their option to buy.

After struggling back at Schalke, the now 27-year-old Bentaleb recently joined Ligue 1 outfit Angers in the January transfer window, where he’s been a much more regular presence, playing in the past eight games in the league.

Sold for a reported £16m, the Algeria international is now worth just £1.6m according to CIES – a dramatic ten-fold decline in value for a player who arguably is in the peak years of his career given his age.

After promising so much as an up-and-coming star at Spurs, Bentaleb now finds himself finally rebuilding his career in France.

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